The Pyrenean newt is a kind of salamander found in the Pyrenees of Andorra, France and Spain. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, rivers, freshwater lakes, marshes and caves.

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In the image, the “Ibón de las Ranas”, a tarn located in the Pyrenees, which is home of a community of newts, among other species.
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Adults are 10 to 15 cm long of which almost half is the tail. Their back is of an uniform dark brown colour, sometimes with yellow spots or a yellow longitudinal stripe. They have also a yellowish or orange belly. Unlike other species of non- Pyrenean newts, the adult has no crest on the back or tail. The larvae are lighter in colour, with dark spots, but they do have a crest on the tail.
The Pyrenean newt diet is compound of a wide range of insects and other aquatic invertebrates. They have an hibernation period of 8-9 months, depending on the altitude, which varies between 500 and 2500 m.

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It is an oviparous amphibian. In mating season, males belly turns orange, while females maintain their grey colour with a yellowish stripe on the middle. They reproduce by internal fecundation. The copulation happens in the water and takes several hours. The metamorphosis between larvae and adults lasts for one year. However, at high altitudes these time almost doubles.
This specie , although it is not endangered, has been rated as Nearly in Damage. Their main threat is habitat destruction, the process in which a natural ecosystem becomes unable to support the species present in it. Also, they are very vulnerable at the day because they remain still on the ground, making an easy target for predators and even for humans.
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